Life with ITP..a game changer

Sunday, June 03, 2012

I have been off the radar for about 6 months. We lost my mother in law in November after a fast 3 week "diagnosis to death" battle with cancer. Then a few weeks later my 17 year old son went in for his yearly physical and they did a routine blood draw and discovered that his blood was not clotting properly and his liver was not functioning properly. Fast forward 6 months and he is a patient at Children's Hospital and has a blood draw anywhere from every couple of days to every other week. He had been enrolled in a 30 day NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) course at the end of this month and had also planned to hitchhike around Japan with a buddy later this summer. Both trips are no longer an option. At this point they believe he has ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). It is a bleeding disorder in which the immune system destroys the platelets. This has been a game changer and an emotional roller coaster. Although I have been diligently working out, I have been eating for emotion and not for nutrition. It shows. So now I am readjusting to this new equilibrium and taking small steps on a different path. One day at a time.
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